Did you know that March 2nd is National Read Across America day? It was launched in 1998 by the National Education Association, Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. The goal is to help providers like you motivate children to read, bring the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make all children feel valued and welcome. The books in our classroom are the tools that children need now more than ever. Having books that are diverse will help children understand and experience the world around them.
“Reading is a passport to countless adventures”, Mary Pope Osborne
As family child care providers we have so many opportunities to share our love for reading. Here are just a few ideas on how you can celebrate during Read Across Amereica!
Celebrate all week with daily book themes
Invite guest readers into your classroom – if your program is still not allowing guest you could do this via zoom. This is a great way to involve family and community into your classroom. Ask parents, grandparents, a police officer, a teacher, or a doctor!
Invite children to dress up as your favorite book character.
Make a class book to celebrate each child in your program.
Pajama Day - Bring your favorite book to snuggle up with.
Collect books to donate to a local hospital.
Create a little library for children to check out books to take home and share with family.
Read across America is also a great family involvement opportunity! Let parents know the importance of reading to their children. Share tips and tricks to reading with children or suggest books that their children may be interested in. When people make the time to read with children, children get the message that reading is important.
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.
Love of books is the best of all” - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis